2018 Fall Foliage Rally – Essex Junction, VT

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Sodden skies and showers did not dampen the fun as 312 Tiffin coaches rolled into the Champlain Valley Expo Center for our rally in October 2018.  Smiles were frequent as our team of volunteers greeted each coach and assisted them in parking their rig. The rally kicked off on Monday evening with announcements by Kelly Moore and welcoming comments by Bob Tiffin, founder of Tiffin Motorhomes. During a delicious meal catered by Rick’s Bar-B-Que, everyone enjoyed the vocals of Carolyn Mack. Door prize drawings were held to distribute Tiffin bags, blankets, gift cards and much more!

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A touching tribute to all the veterans in attendance was enjoyed by everyone.  The flag of each branch of the US military was presented  Veterans were asked to stand as their flag was displayed and their anthem played.  First responders were also acknowledged.  The salute ended with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”.  Everyone had been given small American flags which they proudly waved as they stood to their feet.  Thank you, veterans!  We are privileged to honor you in any way we can! Our freedom to assemble at events such as this is due to your sacrifice!

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After the veteran’s tribute, everyone enjoyed a few games of TIFFIN Bingo!  We call out “ALLEGRO” instead of Bingo!

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The rainy weather continued on Tuesday, but we were fortunate that Colton RV was able to park all the new, beautiful 2019 Tiffin coaches inside the facility.  All the seminars, the meals, and the new coaches were inside the same building.  Our cheerful, hardworking volunteers helped shuttle the guests between their coaches and the building complex as quickly as possible.

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Seminars were held each morning during the rally with great attendance and participation.  We appreciate the suppliers of Tiffin components taking time away from their busy schedules to attend our rallies to present informative seminars on their product.  We wish they could be with us throughout the rally so their classes could be repeated, but their schedules do not allow this.   

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An ice cream social was enjoyed by everyone on Tuesday afternoon, sponsored by Mary Moppins, followed by a meet and greet session with several Tiffin chapters.  All chapters were invited to participate and many recruited new members during the rally.  Despite the rain showers throughout the day, many people participated in the “Fall Harvest” coach/campsite decoration contest.  Our thanks and appreciation to everyone who decorated.  We have a themed decoration contest at every Tiffin rally – the theme is announced during the pre-rally emails.

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Tuesday night’s dinner and entertainment got off to a great start with the announcement of the first Tiffin coach sold during the rally by Colton RV! After another delicious buffet and even more Tiffin door prizes, rally guests were treated to a great show by Joseph Baldwin. Joseph is a native of the Red Bay area and has entertained at several Tiffin rallies. We enjoy having Joseph perform and many of you have seen him at the famous Rattlesnake Saloon!

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The rainy skies began to lighten on Wednesday and everyone enjoyed being out making new friends with other Tiffin owners. The Tiffin and Colton service technicians were hard at work making up time lost due to the inclement weather Monday and Tuesday.  These technicians are so appreciated at our Tiffin rallies! They work daily from early morning to late evening to ensure they can visit every coach. Occasionally they do not have the required part, but they are usually able to assist everyone with minor service problems that occur. They visited the 312 coaches at the rally to help owners in any way possible.  Our hats are off to these talented individuals!

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Our after dinner entertainer Wednesday evening traveled from Oregon to be at the Tiffin rally. Brady Goss amazed the group with his talent on the piano and his vocals. Growing up, Brady was heavily influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis and has traveled to Memphis to record his personal CDs at Sam Phillips Studios. He brought the house down in Essex Junction, VT! It was a great show!

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Thursday was a beautiful day – crisp and cool!  The Vermont foliage changed rapidly during the week of the rally to reach it’s peak just as the rally was ending and everyone was able to enjoy the rich colors on their drive to their next destination.  There were more seminars by presenters such as Power Glide chassis, Allison transmission, Cummins and many more.

A popular activity after lunch was the swap meet/craft show by owners.  A wide variety of items were available.  One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

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Thursday night, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal of grilled pork chops and stuffed chicken breasts.  Hat’s off to a great catering team, Mr. & Mrs. Rick LeBlanc!  More door prizes were awarded including $100 fuel cards, more Tiffin swag, and 50% discounts on 2019 rallies.  The night was capped by a great show by Not Fade Away, a tribute band to the great artists such as Buddy Holly, Elvis, the Beatles, Roy Orbison and many more!  Thanks for a great show!

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A special thanks to Bob and Judy Tiffin for attending the rally along with many others from our Team Tiffin!  We appreciate your support of the Tiffin Allegro Club and our rallies!  Until next time, Keep Roughing It Smoothly!

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